University of Redlands

As the chair in Native American Studies, Dr. Larry Gross leads the development of an undergraduate curriculum that includes both national and California Native American perspectives, with a focus on local Native American history and culture. The emerging Native American Studies program at the university will include classroom, applied research and experiential learning opportunities in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

“We are particularly excited to join with San Manuel to foster Native American regional community education, including colloquia, exchanges and other informal presentations,” said Fite.

The gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians also supports the “Creating a Passion for Learning” and “Supporting the Educational Journey” programs at the University of Redlands, which will facilitate admissions, college transition and support services for Native American students and their families.